Stay with me / Paul Griffin.

Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Céce, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother's, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison he pushes Céce away and only a one-eared pit-bull can...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Griffin, Paul, 1966-
Format: Book
Published: New York : Dial Books, c2011.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In a narrative spanning 102 days, Mack and CeCe, co-workers at a restaurant and co-narrators of the story, are set up by CeCe's brother, Anthony, and slowly hit it off. CeCe is heartbroken when Anthony joins the army, leaving her alone with their alcoholic mother, whose condition Griffin (The Orange Houses) delicately conveys with profound emotion. Mack, whose mother left him with a bitter alcoholic father, is gentle with the dogs he trains, but he's mentally disturbed-psychologically tormented by a hissing noise, "Like when you roll the radio to static and dial up the volume." When the hissing gets loud, generally as a reaction to injustice, Mack turns chillingly violent. As tension builds, readers will likely anticipate that this violence will ignite the conflict that brings Mack and CeCe's relationship to an end, but each step of that journey is authentic, painful, and heartfelt. Griffin's gift at giving voice to deeply flawed, disadvantaged characters without patronizing or oversimplifying their circumstances shines in this moving novel of loss, acceptance, and the possibility of redemption. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.